Peter Dykeaylen


When looking at the brief this year, shape and colour led me to think about our unconscious state. The colours and shapes in dreams come completely due to internal stimuli which may be based on the psychological associations the dreamer places with those objects and colours. This then led me to think about art movements such as surrealism, which I have seen described as melding ‘reality with dreams to create imaginative juxtapositions of imagery… and there I was.


Researching what causes dreams, and what are people’s famous quotes on words, allowed me to have a title and a starting point, ‘To sleep, perchance to dream; but does cheese give nightmares?’


The work is a digital collage and image manipulation, developed by using digital brushes.Shape and colour would allow a modern take on surrealism and post modernism. With a nod to Dali’s portraits of Gala and his melting clocks, the central character is occupying shrine-like dominance while the memory of the face melts away. Cheese is meant to affect your dream status, or is it a myth? Tyramine triggers the release of the neurotransmitter noradrenaline in an area of the brain linked to dream sleep… there are hints to cheese in the work, in surreal situations. Part of the title is from Britain’s most famous playwright, and the juxtaposition of Britishness with images of identity, commercial products and surreal shapes form the base of the image.


I am a teacher, and a Graphic Designer, and digital artist.


To sleep, perchance to dream… but does cheese give nightmares
Digital Illustration


Peter Dykeaylen

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